Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.54
Liaison Rebecca Quesnell
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Roosevelt University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.63 / 4.00 Michael Bryson
Professor & Director of Sustainability Studes
College of Arts & Sciences
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

GEAR UP is a grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This program is funded through two U.S. Department of Education grant contracts to Roosevelt University’s College of Education and the Chicago Education Alliance, respectively. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. The funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

New faculty orientation includes description of RU's demographics and informs faculty of resources available to help low-income and and/or first-generation students. Such resources include:

First-Generation Student Support Services

Division for Student Success

Office of Veterans Services

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Roosevelt University's Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that offers academic and personal support to students primarily in grades 6 to 12 who are from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. The mission of the program is to keep students in school, witness their high school graduation, and assist them with enrollment into post-secondary institutions. Services provided include both group and individual career assessment and exploration, academic support and advisement, the dissemination and clarification of financial aid information, assistance with the college planning process, and tutorial support.


More comprehensively, Roosevelt offers a selection of TRiO Programs aimed at assisting and supporting low-income and first-generation students:


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Roosevelt University Scholarship Central site offers admitted Roosevelt students the opportunity to apply for non-renewable funding. Sources have been provided to the University by donors for the current and upcoming award year. Information on scholarships can be found on this page on the RU website:


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

RU's Office of Financial Aid provides a comprehensive website for parents to assist them in the financial aid application process; a parallel page in Spanish is also available.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Upward Bound is a federally-funded program designed to assist low-income and first generation high school students stay in school, earn their high school diploma, and then transition to the post- secondary school or college of their choice. Services provided include group and individual academic support, tutorial assistance, advisement, financial aid processing assistance and clarification, and college selection and planning assistance. Upward Bound students participate in cultural enrichment activities and college campus tours to help them become familiar with some of the many colleges and universities available to them. Additionally, the Upward Bound summer component immerses students in college campus life during a six week program held at the Chicago campus.

A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Early Childhood Education Center, Schaumburg Campus:

Roosevelt University understands the challenge of balancing work, school and family life in today’s world. The Early Childhood Education Center, managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, operates on the Albert A. Robin Campus in Schaumburg. The Early Childhood Education Center consists of a committed staff, a state of the art facility, and flexible schedules to care for and educate infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergartners.

The staff at ECEC knows how important responsive, consistent care is to children. The infant room is a nurturing, stimulating environment in which your baby has individualized expert care. Toddlers are given an opportunity to grow through interactive play, sensory experiences and an introduction to reading. Preschooler have lots of hands-on learning, be encouraged to ask questions and will practice their new language and motor abilities. In the kindergarten classroom, children are challenged academically as their skills continue to grow, and teachers are committed to preparing the youngsters for full-time school.

The ECEC offers daytime care for Roosevelt students, staff and faculty and is accredited by NAEYC’s National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

(1) Returning Adult Education

Roosevelt has a long-standing commitment to adult education in Chicago, Schaumburg & online. The Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies offers innovative, flexible bachelor degrees for adult students, 24 years of age or older. Adult students can also pursue a traditional bachelor's degree across the university's undergraduate majors.

RU's newly-designed adult programs focus on both the immediate and long-term needs of our students -- the ability to balance their education with the demands of their personal and professional lives. The programs' face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses provide flexible scheduling. Our coursework is applicable to the work place and will prepare you to enhance your professional skills in a rich, meaningful learning environment. Courses within the College of Professional Studies' adult programs are offered in 8 week sessions. This allows individuals to complete two courses per eight (8) week session, and four courses within each academic semester. Summer courses are also available.


(2) Office of Veterans' Services

Roosevelt recognizes the remarkable contributions made by members of our armed services and the unique challenges associated with transitioning into a university setting. To support this transition, we are committed to providing veterans, active military personnel, and dependents with the services needed to make the most of their higher education experience.

The Office of Veterans Services is the central point of contact for all veterans, military servicemembers, and dependents using VA education benefits seeking information about available, appropriate academic counseling, financial aid counseling, and student support services at Roosevelt.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 46
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 42
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 75
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt ---

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Data on the percentage of low-income students are for the Fall 2009; graduates rate is the 6-year degree completion rate. Data on percentage of student financial need met are from the RU Common Data Set for 2013-14.

Data on the percentage of low-income students are for the Fall 2009; graduates rate is the 6-year degree completion rate. Data on percentage of student financial need met are from the RU Common Data Set for 2013-14.

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